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English title: Spirited Away
Japanese title: 千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)
Sen and Chihiro Being Spirited Away
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Animated by: Studio Ghibli
Released in: 2001 (Japan), 2002 (US)
Overall rating: A+
The story begins with Chihiro in the car with her parents as they drive to their new home. Chihiro is noticeably unhappy about the move and remained in a sour mood for the entire drive. Her mood only worsens when her dad gets lost and decides to take a short-cut through the woods. They come to an abrupt stop when the road runs out and before them a mysterious passageway. The family walks through to find an abandoned theme-park with freshly cooked foods abound. As Chihiro’s parents gluttonously eat the food, she wanders around the park and suddenly bumps into a young boy. He warns her to get her parents out of here before dark, but it was already too late. Chihiro returns to find her parents missing or rather they’ve turned into pigs! The way back to the car has also disappeared now replaced by a river. As the sun too vanishes and overtaken by the night’s sky, the park is transformed into a busy bathhouse for the spirits who roams freely in the new environment. Lost, alone, and now in another world, Chihiro must finds her parents and return home. That is, if she can remember the way. Read more here.